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Expert group on international statistical classifications

14-10-2014  – 16-10-2014 New York

UNSD will host a meeting of the Technical Subgroup for the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (TSG-ISIC) on 14-16 October 2014 in New York. The meeting will discuss necessary clarifications for ISIC Rev.4, such as the treatment of Factoryless Goods Producers (FGPs) in the classification, to ensure a consistent application of ISIC interpretation and application rules.

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Implementation of the International Standard Industrial Classification, Rev. 4 in Arab countries

28-09-2014  – 01-10-2014 Amman

UNSD in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) is organizing a workshop o the implementation of the International Standard Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev.4 to assist countries in the region on 28 Sep-01 Oct 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

The workshop will cover the overall organization of an update process, development of national classifications, the recoding of the business register and issues of backcasting of statistical series. UNSD will also provide direct assistance to the Companies Control Department of Jordan in the update of the business registration process, implementing ISIC Rev.4.

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Expert group meeting to finalize the trial International classification of activities for time-use statistics (ICATUS)

11-06-2012  – 13-06-2012 New York

Following a request by the Statistical Commission at its 28th session in 1995, UNSD convened a first expert group meeting in 1997 to prepare a draft classification of activities for time-use statistics. Then, based on the experience of countries that used or adapted this classification as well as on recommendations from a second expert group meeting organized in 2000, a revised and more elaborated version was issued and published in Guide to Producing Statistics on Time Use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid Work (United Nations, 2005) as the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS).

After a lapse of years while several countries adapted ICATUS for application in their data collection, tabulation and analysis, UNSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the revision and finalization of ICATUS. The meeting will bring together around 20 national and international experts to discuss and agree on several topics including: (1) the updates of the current categories (2) the consistency of ICATUS with the new international standards classification; (3) the treatment of more complex aspects (categories such as “looking for work” or “waiting”); (4) the mapping (correspondence tables) between ICATUS and other existing classifications. The final agreed classification will be presented to the UN Statistical Commission for endorsement in 2013, after been reviewed by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications.

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  • Francesca Grum, Tel.: +1 212 963 4950, E-mail: grum@un.org

Time use workshop for Arabic-speaking countries

25-04-2011  – 28-04-2011 Amman

The Workshop objective is to review methods and practices in collecting, processing and disseminating time-use statistics at the regional and international levels, with a main focus on the design and classification issues pertinent to the measurement of paid and unpaid work.

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Workshop on international economic and social classifications

25-01-2010  – 28-01-2010 Bamako

The United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with AFRISTAT and the National Statistical Office of France (INSEE) is organizing a workshop for statisticians of French-speaking African countries. The workshop will present the conceptual as well as main structural changes for the revised International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC). It will also review current implementation of activity and product classifications in the region and will try to coordinate the work on a regional classification for AFRISTAT member countries.

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International workshop on implementation of ISIC and CPC

14-09-2009  – 16-09-2009 Kunming

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) China is organizing an International Workshop on the Implementation of ISIC and CPC from 14-16 September 2009 in Kunming, China. The workshop will focus on issues of implementation of the Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4, the Central Product Classification (CPC) Version 2 and will cover general implementation such as the setup of an implementation plan, the development of national adaptations, the implementation of the revised classifications in the business register and surveys, as well as issues of backcasting. The workshop will also discuss the interpretation and application of the classifications in key areas of interest, based on new concepts introduced.

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  • Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, Tel.: +1 212 963 4600, E-mail: beckerr@un.org

Workshop on international economic and social classifications

24-11-2008  – 27-11-2008 Bangkok

A United Nations Workshop on International Economic and Social Classifications will be held from 24 to 27 November 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. This Workshop is jointly organized by the Statistics Division (UNSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Workshop will focus on the recent revision processes of economic and social classifications and will in particular review the current implementation and use of national activity and product classifications and their relationship to the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC); provide an up-to-date account of the final versions of the revised activity and product classifications; provide information on methodological changes related to the application of the classification, such as outlined in the revised introductions; address implementation issues in connection with the revised classifications; and discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field of classifications, including coordination of work on regional/sub-regional cooperation in classifications.

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Workshop on international economic and social classifications

03-11-2008  – 06-11-2008 Addis Ababa

A United Nations Workshop on International Economic and Social Classifications will be held from 3 to 6 November 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This Workshop is jointly organized by the Statistics Division (UNSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The Workshop will focus on the recent revision processes of economic and social classifications and will in particular review the current implementation and use of national activity and product classifications and their relationship to the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC); provide an up-to-date account of the final versions of the revised activity and product classifications; provide information on methodological changes related to the application of the classification, such as outlined in the revised introductions; address implementation issues in connection with the revised classifications; and discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field of classifications, including coordination of work on regional/sub regional cooperation in classifications.

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United Nations workshop on manufacturing statistics

19-08-2008  – 22-08-2008 Lima

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), is organizing a Workshop on Manufacturing Statistics, scheduled for 19-22 August 2008 in Santiago, Chile. This workshop continues the programme for the development of comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in the Latin American region, initiated by an exploratory workshop in September 2007.  The main purpose of this workshop is to discuss issues of classification and classifications revision in the manufacturing sector, as well as the set up and maintenance of business registers related to manufacturing statistics. The workshop will also focus on data sources for data items listed in the International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics (IRIS) 2008.

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Technical subgroup on classifications

19-06-2006  – 23-06-2006 New York

The Technical Subgroup (TSG) of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications has been working on the revision of the activity and product classifications, namely the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC). The structures of the revised classifications have been recently approved by the UN Statistical Commission.  At this meeting the TSG will finalize supporting materials of the recently approved, including the methodological introductions to ISIC and CPC. In addition, the TSG will work on the user’s guide that will accompany ISIC and CPC and review the first draft chapters of this guide.

For more information on the work of the TSG, as well as previous meetings, please refer to the UN Classifications Website at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/techsubgroup.

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Meeting of the technical subgroup of the Expert group on international economic and social classifications

14-02-2005  – 18-02-2005 New York

The main focus of this meeting will be the on the review of the 2004 questionnaire on the revision of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), which has provided a complete detailed draft proposal of the revised classification. The Technical Subgroup will discuss and produce a complete revised draft ISIC structure, taking into account the proposals from the replies to the above mentioned questionnaire, which will be submitted for approval to the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications at its next meeting in June 2005.

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Expert group on methods for conducting time-use surveys

13-10-1997  – 16-10-1997 New York

A presentation on the EUROSTAT Pilot Survey on Time Use identified problems related to the specification of activities, but noted that the general survey design proved successful. The presentation on the time-use study in Italy also identified problems with the specification of activities and concluded that improvements in survey methods rather than the classification system were required to improve the amount of information specified in time-use diaries.

With respect to objectives and uses of time-use surveys, the priority uses of and interests in time-use data were discussed by each participant for their country. The most common objectives identified by both developed and developing countries, related to issues of gender and work, specifically the division of labour in the home and improvement in the measurement of women’s unpaid work. A related objective concerned the use of time-use statistics in the preparation of household satellite accounts. Another common objective concerned changes in allocation of time across broad categories of activity.

Plans to undertake national time-use studies in three developing countries -- India, the Philippines and South Africa -- were described. Among the objectives for these surveys are to quantify women’s contribution to economic activities, to measure the extent of child labour, and to understand the relationship between welfare and poverty. The participant from India also included among the objectives the need for information on livelihood strategies and on when people are free of work as a basis for planning skills formation, training and other poverty alleviation programmes.

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